Wow. This was one of those times I wished I was super smart and had even for a moment in my life been clever enough to realize how delicious it would be to put graham cracker crumbs in pancakes! Let alone being clever enough to come up with a recipe called LACY PANTY CAKES! I mean. It's a whole new world. Recipe is here. Yes, those are chocolate chips in the background of that picture. My kids don't eat pancakes without them. BUT, they are the ones who made me think...maybe s'mores pancakes! Lacy Panty Cakes with marshmallow cream and chocolate chips. Worth consideration.
Anyway, I didn't make the whiskey sauce because my kids don't like the flavor of whiskey. I'm sure the sauce is delicious and one of these times I'll make it, but these were incredible even without it. I also only used 1 tablespoon of whiskey (instead of 3) in the pancakes themselves. I could taste it and I thought the smoky flavor was lovely with the graham cracker and brown sugar, but it wasn't strong enough for the kids to really notice it. I think the full amount of alcohol would probably make the pancakes a little more "lacy" as it evaporates during cooking, but I didn't think they suffered for lack of lacy-ness at all.
The pancakes are really delicate, and take some careful maneuvering to turn them over, but the graham cracker crumbs give them a wonderful texture--almost (but not quite) crispy, in spite of their delicacy. And the graham cracker flavor is delightful and complex.
Is it breakfast? Dinner? Dessert? Yes! I think it is. All of them. And a snack. And maybe it could be wrapped around sausage--pigs in lacy blankets. And eaten with strawberries and whipped cream. And folded up into a little nosh to dip into coffee. And...
TGIP Rating--Lacy Panty Cakes. Such a KEEPER. Next time I'm making the whiskey sauce to go with them. Also, would this work as a waffle?